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Friday, 28 April 2017

Your YouTube #114

I was so looking forward to a week of the children being back at school after the Easter holidays. It's tough when you're running a business from home and the children are at home too. Sadly it wasn't to be as my son threw up after a trip to Alton Towers on the last day of the holidays and he then had to be off school for the first 48 hours back. He was bouncing off the walls and was absolutely fine. I have had the last couple of days alone, and am enjoying it. I'm looking forward to a long weekend with the family too.

Molly Forbes' video really made me giggle. She make us all realise that winging it is pretty much the biggest part of parenting! Potty training a toddler is stressful at the best of times and Molly's video about what not to do had me laughing out loud. We have all been there and know exactly what she's going through.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Your YouTube #113

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. We were really busy in the B&B, but have managed to grab some wonderful family time in the midst of it all. We have just got back from Blackpool where we escaped for a few days before the B&B gets busy again this weekend. I am so far surviving VEDA. I've struggled with some content barely getting any views, but I guess that is part of the learning curve. I have definitely enjoyed doing it though and am very pleased that I have managed to keep it up so far. Only ten more days to go!

This week I've chosen a video from Linsey Leigh at Raising Boys and Beyond. She took the opportunity of a beautiful day to go for a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon. They visit the butterfly farm and see some wonderful creepy crawlies! It looks like a great place to visit and Stratford-Upon-Avon is such a beautiful town. We haven't visited since before we had children, but watching this vlog definitely makes me want to go back.

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Your YouTube #112

Oh my goodness, what an incredible weekend VidCon was. I had such a wonderful time and met some amazing people. Check out my channel for some videos from the weekend. I really had a fabulous time. I would highly recommend that you go, if you ever have an opportunity to do so.

This week I've chosen a video from Bex at Bex Morts. She has put together the cutest toddler Easter Basket and has some lovely little things for her son this Easter. If you are still looking for ideas then you can check out her video and have a look at the bits she bought. We will be doing an egg hunt for our B&B guests and our children. I love watching them all hunting for the eggs!


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Friday, 7 April 2017

Your YouTube #111

It's been a crazy-busy week and I have been getting ahead with filming and editing before I head to Amsterdam. By the time this post is published, I will be on my way there! I am so, so excited to attend VidCon, but it's been a busy week of scheduling YouTube videos. I am hoping to do a YouTube Live from the conference on Saturday, so keep an eye out on my channel.

This week I've chosen a video from Janie at The Hedge Combers. Janie lives in a small holding in Cornwall and has a great series on her YouTube channel of VW Campervan Recipes. These are usually one pot recipes which are quick and simple to make. They would be amazing if you are camping, but to be honest would make a quick and easy meal at home. This bacon and black olive pasta looks particularly delicious and I will definitely be trying it out when we go camping in May.


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Thursday, 6 April 2017

My copper bathroom makeover

When we started renovating the B&B in January I had my heart set on a copper bathroom. I know copper is a huge trend right now and yes, there's a chance that it might date, but I love it so much. This is in one of our guest bathrooms. It's a big room with high ceilings and we even needed scaffolding to paint the ceiling! I had researched which colours went with copper and looked at greys to complement it, but decided on a really deep teal in the end as I hoped it would give the room a little more warmth.

Copper and teal bathroom
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Dear beautiful boy - Now you are eight

Dear beautiful boy,

You recently turned eight and are growing into a wonderful young man. You are sensitive, caring and kind. Your love of sport has not diminished at all in the past year. If anything, it has increased, which I didn't think was possible. You love every sport you try and you're one of those children who is good at every sport too. You still play both football and rugby and I love to watch you play, even when it's freezing cold and raining! I definitely think that if you're making the effort to play in horrid weather then I need to make the effort to watch. I haven't been able to see you play football as much this season since your sister took up karate and someone needs to transport her there.

Jumping at Oxygen Leeds

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Month in a Minute - March 2017

March is birthday month in our household. Both children have their birthdays a week apart and although it's a hectic week, it's very nice to get all of the celebrations out of the way. We have managed to fit in an awful lot of activities into March as well including Disney on Ice and watching the new Beauty and the Beast, which is fantastic. It was the last month before the B&B gets busy and we have really enjoyed spending our weekends together. Without further ado, here is my Month in a Minute for March 2017.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Your YouTube #110

I have had a week of trying to get ahead. Filming and editing videos so that I have some ready and a few back ups before I attempt to upload a vlog every day in April. I am going to be adding in quite a few day in the life videos, but a month of DITL videos would be too much as no-one needs to see me sitting and working at home every day.  I have loads of things planned though, including flying to Amsterdam for VidCon next Friday! I am just a little bit excited about that.

This week I've chosen a video from Ella at Purple Ella. She talks honestly and openly about life with autism and this video covers autism and overstimulation. It's an area I hadn't really contemplated before. Ella points out that she is someone who is very easily overstimulated so she is working on avoiding being in those situations in order to live a calm, meltdown free life.


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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Visiting London with children

We went to London in February half term for a break with the children. At 5 and 7, they were a fantastic age to experience the sights, and also able to walk round loads. This post was scheduled to go live the day after the terrorist attack in Westminster. I held it back out of respect, but I am posting it now because we shouldn't be scared to visit places. We can't let fear win. The attack will not put me off another visit to London with my children.

We booked two nights at the Premier Inn in Aldgate, which is a fabulous new hotel and very centrally located. From there it is a ten minute walk to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, and a fifteen minute walk to The Skygarden and the Gherkin.

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

AEG 8000 Series T8DBG842R Heat Pump Tumble Dryer Review

This is my review of the AEG 8000 Series T8DBG842R Heat Pump Tumble Dryer. I don't know what I would do without a tumble dryer. When the B&B is busy, it's raining and I have 24 towels to dry I couldn't be without a tumble dryer. Our house doesn't have a vent in the wall for a vented dryer, so a heat pump dryer is perfect. The water from the machine gathers in a water container and you have to empty it after each drying cycle. You also have the option of plumbing it into the mains supply so that then you don't need to empty it at all. To be honest though, it takes very little time to empty and it is great that it can simply be plugged in, turned on and working.

AEG 8000 Series T8DBG842R Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

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